Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Phuket, Thailand
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In New Zealand, the land of my birth, you can find people of many religions (with a bit over 50% professing to be Christian) but not a lot of religious activity.... Unless you include sport.
An ex boss related how when he was a teenager and playing rugby at a high level, he went to some coaching camp. The coach turned out to be a Catholic Marist monk, who turned up in his priestly garb, and put the boys straight. He told them, "Religion is my job. Rugby is my religion."
In 2006 NZ census 34% responded "no religion" and a further 7% gave no response or objected to the question. The country ranks high in the freedom of speech and freedom from corruption charts.
Thailand, where I live at present, religion is a significant part of life for many, if not most. Well over 90% are Buddhist, and about 6% are Muslim. The country doesn't rate well on the freedom of speech and corruption stakes.
Phuket is probably the most cosmopolitan province in Thailand. About a third of the local population are Muslim. Most of the rest are Buddhist, or animist Sea Gypsies. There are also significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs, and even a small Jewish community.